20 Stories High in partnership with the Unity, bring you LAUNCH – a brand new professional development programme for emerging theatre makers in Merseyside.

Funded by Arts Council England, its main mission is to equip emerging artists, theatre-makers and brand new companies with the right tools to enable them to launch a career in the arts.

20 Stories High have championed diversity in the arts since 2006 (with Unity challenging the social norms since the 1930’s), and together we will continue our aim to tackle the under-representation of working class and culturally diverse artists by offering the professional development programme entirely free of charge.

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LAUNCH 2018-19 Cohort

2018/19 Launch Cohort

Steph Peet

Steph Peet – Community Theatre Maker

Steph is a graduate in Community Drama from LIPA, Liverpool. She is passionate about delivering drama, art, writing and music workshops with a political or social drive. She is co-founder of Unorthodox Theatre, a company that produces verbatim theatre on taboo subjects.

Meg McFarlane

Meg McFarlane – Theatre Director

Meg is a theatre director who developed her passion at Collective Encounters Youth Theatre. With a degree in Creating Performance from the University of Central Lancashire, she now co-runs Jack of all Trades Theatre Company and aims to re-tell historical tales in an entertaining and affordable manner for marginalised audiences.
Joe Taylor

Joe Taylor – Spoken Word Artist

Joe is an up and coming spoken word artist from Liverpool. He likes to write poetry that is easy to understand and that is inspired by personal experience. He hopes that his work helps people to reflect on both personal and global issues.

Paislie Reid

Paislie Reid – Young People’s Theatre Maker

Paislie is performer from Liverpool who began her career as a child actor in CITV show The New Worst Witch. Since this early television debut she has had a lucrative acting career that has included performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Frantic Assembly, Open Clasp, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Action Transport. Outside of acting, she has experience in youth work and wants to create new and exciting theatre with and for young people.

Kitchen Sink - Abby Melia and Bradley Thompson

Kitchen Sink – Young People’s Theatre Company

Kitchen Sink is a creative youth driven organisation based in the heart of Liverpool. Run by co-artistic directors Abby Melia and Bradley Thompson with the tagline: ‘Real Stories by Real People’ they facilitate, create and devise new work based on real life stories and experiences. They currently run the Epstein Youth Theatre (ages 14-19) and the Epstein Younger Theatre (ages 10-13).

Amina Atiq

Amina Atiq - Spoken Word Artist and Activist

Aminah is a Yemeni-Scouse writer, spoken-word performer and activist with a keen interest in identity and politics. She has been involved in national and international projects with organisations such as Routes and Routes International, Ice and Fire Theatre and The Arab Arts Festival. She aspires to work with young people helping to support them on their own creative journeys.

Raven Radha

Raven Radha – Multidisciplinary Artist

Raven is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Liverpool. She recently created a film for the British Council called ‘The Republic of Liverpool’. She has professionally performed and worked as a spoken word artist and writer for a number of years. Her aim is to inform, empower and inspire people and communities through conscious creative expression.
Chris Maylor

Chris Maylor – Beat boxer / Designer / Multidisciplinary Artist

Chris a multi-disciplinary artist with two main passions: beat boxing and design. Under the stage name Renegrade, Chris is an experienced beat box performer and a UK Beatbox Championships Solo and Tag-team Semi Finalist. With a degree in Illustration Animation and experience in printing, stop motion animation, puppet making and set design, Chris aspires to merge his two art-forms as he forges his career in the arts.

Anita Welsh

Anita Welsh - Poet and Artist

Anita is a poet from Liverpool. She is passionate about supporting emerging artists to develop their artistic practise into successful careers. She is currently Community Engagement Associate and a Board Member for 20 Stories High and her long term ambition is to develop a book of poetry for parents and children.




What is LAUNCH?

LAUNCH has three strands:

LAUNCH ACADEMY – Make your own future 

September 2018 onwards
The core of LAUNCH, the academy is a 6 month series of evening workshops in everything from finance to marketing to developing and producing your own project.

LAUNCH PROJECTS – Do your own thing

January 2019 onwards
Participants in the Academy will get a chance to submit their project ideas to be commissioned. The successful applicants will then get a chance to see their project realised.

LAUNCH TRAINEES – Sharpen your skills

Emerging professionals can get a chance to sharpen their skills in paid trainee roles in areas such as directing, producing or designing.